Powerful Passages: Transitions in Life and Beyond

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Powerful Passages:

Transitions in Life and Beyond

Dear Friend,
Our seminar today brings together medical professionals, mental health workers, clergy and writers to provide insight, knowledge, and strategies that we hope can be instituted in various communal and institutional contexts.
On behalf of the organizing committee, we hope you come away inspired with new ideas to employ in your work and life.
Rabbi Frederick L Klein

The Jewish Chaplaincy Program, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Marli Lutz

Jewish Community Services

Blaise Mercadante, Ph.D.

Miami Jewish Health Systems

Circumspection of Topic
Anthropologists and ethnographers have long recorded how culture inscribes biological, physiological, and social changes in the forms of rituals and ceremonies. Whether birth and childhood, leaving of the home and entering ‘society’, adolescence and sexuality, entering the work force, or building a family - culture and ritual has helped to mark the importance of these events in our lives. Consequently, the rituals of passage have helped us to ‘know where we stand’. Culture provides a roadmap or framework to help us understand our role in the world.
In recent decades, the human life span has increased significantly, venturing into uncharted durations. Increasingly, it is common to meet centenarians who remain healthy and vigorous. This trend in the next generation will likely increase.
Yet, society and culture have few rituals to mark these transitions among seniors. From the moment we ‘retire’ until the moment we die, there are few ‘marked’ transitions Without transitions, it can be very hard to know where one stands and one’s role.
Historically, this period was viewed with dread and uncertainty. The ultimate end for each of us - death, can color an entire period of one’s life, defining it as a period of decline. In our popular youth-centered culture, the association with older adults and illness sometimes further ingrains a negative view of aging. Economically, older adults are seen as recipients of precious resources better used for younger alternatives. Sadly, many older adults internalize this negative view. To live a life without purpose or to feel redundant is to live a life without meaning.
However, our society is in the midst of a sea change, as the Boomer generation begins to ‘own’ this period of life. While illness and physical decline is part of the life cycle, for many, aging brings new understandings of self, new interests, and a general realignment of values and priorities. For growing numbers, aging can provide the time to cultivate interests never explored, engage in new relationships, and develop new religious and spiritual perspectives. In periods of difficulty and periods of physical, emotional, and even mental limitations, older adults often find new ways to engage with life in compelling and innovative ways. Many find new meaning in later life.
One way to find this meaning is by marking and celebrating the passages in life throughout one’s entire lifetime. How can our American culture more effectively frame this period not only for those we serve, but for our society as a whole? What are the human passages that occur as we grow older, beyond the years of reproduction and economic productivity, and how do various cultures mark these transitions? How can we as caregivers and professionals mark these transitions powerfully for those we serve to help them find purpose and meaning in their life? Finally, how do various cultures view the final transition, i.e. death, and how can framing that final transition give new meaning as to how we live, and the work that remains to be done in this world.


The End of All Our Exploring:

The Challenge of Conscious Aging
Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

Dr. Moody will point towards a new vision of "positive aging" based on spiritual growth in the second half of life, and what he has termed “conscious aging”. Conscious aging represents a convergence between the great Wisdom traditions (Kabbala, Sufism, Zen) and contemporary psychology (Jung, Maslow, Frankl). The fruits of spiritual development are not limited to individual fulfillment but are expressed in "legacy work" and the gifts we convey to future generations.

Key learning objectives:

  1. To identify critical challenges of aging in the 21st century and the importance of positive aging as an alternative

  2. To describe distinctive features of later-life creativity

  3. To understand developmental goals of conscious aging as a basis for contributive roles of elders in an aging society

Dr Moody’s book, The Five Stages of the Soul, the basis for his presentation, are available for purchase.

The End of All Our Exploring:

The Challenge of Conscious Aging
Brief Biography
Atchley, Robert, Spirituality and Aging (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
Chinen, Allan B., In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life (Chiron, 1989).
Cohen, Gene, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life

(Harper, 2001).

Dass, Ram, Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, Dying (Riverhead Books, 2000).
Erikson,Erik and Erikson, Joan, The Life Cycle Completed (Norton, 1998).
Hillman, James, The Force of Character: And the Lasting Life (Ballantine, 2000).
Moody, Harry and Carroll, David, The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages that Shape Our Lives (Doubleday, 1997).
Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ron Miller, From Age-ing to Sage-ing, (Time Warner, 1995).
Scott-Maxwell, Florida, The Measure of My Days (Penguin, 2000).
Tornstam, Lars, Gerotranscendence: A Developmental Theory of Positive Aging (Springer, 2005).
Vaillant, George, Aging Well (Little, Brown, 2003).
Whyte, David, Midlife and the Great Unknown (Sounds True, 2003).

Each breakout will be repeated in the afternoon to allow participants to choose two sessions. Color coded signage is provided to direct you to the appropriate section.

Breakout Session #1:

Dreams and Fairy Tales for the Second Half of Life

-Harry R. Moody, Ph.D.
In this workshop the hidden meanings of fairy tales focusing on midlife and beyond are explored, and symbolic message of dreams in later life are analyzed.
Key learning objectives:

  1. To identify critical themes about aging in fairy tales

  2. To interpret dream images related to mid-life transition, life-review, retirement, and chronic illness

  3. To describe theoretical role of generativity, ego-integrity, and individuation as psychological processes in the second half of life.

Brief Biography

Barasch, Marc,Healing Dreams: Exploring Dreams That Can Transform Your Life,

Riverhead Books, 2000.

Bulkeley, Kelly, Spiritual Dreaming: A Cross-Cultural and Historical Journey,

Paulist Press, 1995.

Bosnak, Robert, A Little Course in Dreams, Shambhala, 1988.
Kamenetz, Roger, The History of Last Night’s Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to

the Soul, HarperOne, 2007.
Luke, Helen, Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On (Parabola Books, 2000).
Taylor, Jeremy, The Wisdom of Your Dreams, Jeremy Tarcher, 2009
Breakout Session #2:

The Emerging Spirituality of Boomers

-Rev. Dale A.Young
Seventy million baby boomers are in transition to their ‘Third Age.’ Are they prepared spiritually to meet the challenges?
Key learning objectives:

  1. To engage in dialogue on spiritual tasks of the ‘Third Age.’

  2. To identify emotional and spiritual challenges of the ‘Third Age.’

  3. To increase awareness of personal spiritual narrative.


Breakout Session #3:

Adjusting to Aging in a New Age

- David B. Saltman, LCSW
This session will address the issues and challenges to human service professionals presented by Baby Boomers who are reaching age 65. “Service provision” will need to adjust to meet the sensitivities and self-perception of the next generation of older adults. “Social service needs” will have to adjust to meet the challenge.
Key learning objectives:

  1. To identify the critical issues related to the Boomers

  2. To differentiate between the current generation of elders and Boomers

  3. To begin a conversation about how the expectations of Boomers for their aging process will impact the psychological, emotional, and social adjustments that will challenge gero-practitioners.


Breakout Session #4:

University at Every Age: Lifelong Learning

- Noreen Frye

Scientific research from the 1990s now reveals that more than ever before, a challenged, stimulated brain may well be the key to a vibrant later life. As 78 million Baby Boomers prepare to redefine their own retirement, news that staying active and keeping their brains constantly engaged, helping stave off mental and physical ailments and diseases, has many asking how best to do so. The answer is simple: lifelong or later-life learning.

Lifelong learning is the continued educational experience that utilizes non-credit academic courses, educational travel, and community service and volunteerism to fully engage the brain, heighten physical activity, and maintain healthy social relationships.  These programs are available across the country and world-wide. This session will focus on what such programs offer; their benefits; who participates; what research shows; and, "lifelong learners" from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM that offer their impressions.

Key learning objectives:

  1. To describe the benefits of staying engaged socially

  2. To describe the benefits of getting involved – teaching, volunteering

  3. To understand what lifelong learning/continued learning provides to the brain.


Breakout Session #5:

From Scarcity to Abundance: Using an Asset-Based Lens to Leverage the Gifts and Talents of Older Adults

-Daniella Levine and Dacia Steiner
How are Elders seen in our community? As needy and problematic? As people who need to be served? Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) works from the principle that every person has capacities, abilities and gifts and that the quality of an individual life depends in part on the extent to which these capacities are used, abilities expressed and gifts given. Recognizing the assets of individuals and communities is more likely to inspire positive action for change from within than an exclusive focus on needs and problems. ABCD focuses on what is present in a community rather than what is absent and requires us to look afresh at marginalized communities and see opportunities rather than problems. Nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day in this country, and while the coming wave of service needs can seem overwhelming, this workshop will help you to see our Elders in a new way: as gifted and passionate with talent and time to share. Participants will discover strategies to uncover and mobilize these assets to benefit not only the organization and the Elder, but the community as a whole. This workshop will help participants move from a deficit mindset to one of abundance.
Key learning objectives:

  1. To understand the principles of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development), specifically in the context of aging

  2. To understand the need for people to continue to meaningfully contribute as they age and how to leverage personal passion for collective good

  3. To understand the Power Ladder and opportunities for meaningful engagement and giving back in the Elder community

Breakout Session #6:

The Role of Technology in Older Adults’ Life: Opportunities and Challenges

-Chin Chin Lee
The Center on Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine at is engaged in looking at how older adults can better access technology. Ms. Lee has been coordinating and managing multi-site clinical trials involving older adults and the use of technology. She will report her findings, pointing to both opportunities and challenges, especially for the present generation of older adults in terms of access and training.
Key learning objectives:

  1. To understand the implications of the increasing aging population, especially the “oldest-old”.

  2. To understand obstacles faced by older adults in adopting technology.

  3. To identify technology applications to improve the quality of life of older adults

Breakout Session #7:

Flourishing and Aging: A Positive Psychology Perspective

-Vickie Schulman, LCSW

Millions of Baby Boomers turned 65 yrs old in 2011 and now define the senior population. The “Greatest Generation,” those seniors in their late 70s and 80s, continues to advance to their late 80s and into their 90s. In addition, each generation is redefining what it means to be seniors and is searching to attain a high quality of life. Psychologists at major universities are researching the principles of Positive Psychology in clinical work with geriatric populations to increase life satisfaction and increase resiliency as the population ages. Positive Psychology strives to focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the individual. There is an increased use of identifying strengths and gratitude and in improving personal and professional relationships. The presenter, a therapist, explores the use of Positive Psychology in clinical practice.

Key learning objectives:

  1. To describe the dimension and scope of Positive Psychology and the aging population

  2. To name and describe five elements that are utilized by seniors to assist them to flourish.

  3. To name and describe three strengths seniors can utilize to increase life satisfaction

Breakout Session #8:

Aging In Islam – with Grace and Honor

-Imam Mohammed Zakaria Badat
This session explores the rights and roles of aging individuals in Islam. Within Islam, what roles does the senior play within the family (as grandparents, for example), and within society. What are the key issues for seniors in terms of responsibilities, being cared for, and for hospice care. What passages does Islam provide for the senior as they age.

  1. Learn the perspective regarding seniors held by Islam

  2. Understand the roles and responsibilities that Islam expects from seniors

  3. Explore key issues regarding seniors and the perspective that Islam holds regarding care and hospice

Breakout Session #9:

Aging and Death in Asian Religions: Lessons from the East

-Stephen Sapp, Ph.D.
An old proverb asserts, “Who knows one religion knows none.” Never has this message been more important than today for those concerned about elders in the US. Besides growing older, our population is increasingly heterogeneous religiously; yet most people who provide services to elders know little about religions that are rapidly gaining in importance and becoming geographically more widespread. Because meaning is a critical issue as one ages, and what it means to grow old and die is inherently a value question, those who work with elders must become familiar with the values and beliefs that impart meaning to old age held by people who stand outside the traditionally dominant religions of our culture (Judaism and Christianity), especially the world’s fastest-growing religion, Islam, and several major religions of Asia.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the central role of religion/spirituality in imparting meaning in older people’s lives

  2. To grasp the importance of knowledge not only of our culture’s ‘dominant’ religious traditions, but also of several of the major religions of Asia

  3. To take home concrete ways to honor the values of clients from faith traditions other than their own



Harry R. Moody, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

Harry R. Moody is currently Director of Academic Affairs for AARP.
Dr. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of books including: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (Columbia University Press, 1988); Ethics in an Aging Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992); and Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 3rd edition. His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books (1997) and has been translated into seven languages worldwide.
A graduate of Yale (1967) with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University (1973), Dr. Moody taught philosophy at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1999 to 2001 he served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Faith in Action and, from 1992 to 1999, was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter, he served as Administrator of Continuing Education Programs for the Citicorp Foundation and later as Co-Director of the National Aging Policy Center of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC.
Harry Moody is known nationally for his work in older adult education and recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and holds appointment as an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Archbishop, Archdiocese of Miami
Archbishop Wenski, born in West Palm Beach on October 18, 1950 and grew up in Lake Worth, Florida where he attended school at his home parish, Sacred Heart. He studied at St. John Vianney Minor Seminary in Miami and later at St. Vincent de Paul Major Seminary in Boynton Beach and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami on May 15, 1976. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (1972), and Master of Divinity (1975), from the Boynton Beach Seminary and in 1993 a Master of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University in New York. He has also taken summer courses at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland).
He served three years as associate pastor of Corpus Christi Church, a mainly Hispanic parish in Miami. In 1979, after briefly ministering in Haiti, he was assigned to the newly established Haitian Apostolate of the Archdiocese. He was associate director and then director of the Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center in Miami from that time to his appointment as a Bishop in 1997. The Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center in addition to providing for the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Haitian communities of South Florida also provided numerous social, educational and legal services to newly arrived Haitian immigrants. He also served concurrently as pastor of three Haitian mission parishes in the Archdiocese-Notre-Dame d'Haiti in Miami, Divine Mercy in Fort Lauderdale, and St. Joseph in Pompano Beach.
Through the 1980's he also conducted a circuit-riding ministry that led him to help establish Haitian Catholic communities from Homestead in the south to Fort Pierce to the north, Immokalee to the West and Fort Lauderdale to the east. In the early 1980's his outreach to Haitians also extended to Wachula, Winter Haven, and Ruskin on Florida's west coast.
He celebrated the weekly Mass in English for shut-ins at the Miami's local ABC affiliate from 1992-1997.

He directed the Archdiocese of Miami Ministry to Non-Hispanic Ethnic Groups.
In January 1996, the then Father Wenski was appointed the Archdiocese Director of Catholic Charities, one of the largest Catholic social service agencies in the United States. In this capacity he helped forge a collaborative relationship with Caritas Cuba, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in Cuba. Since early 1996 he has traveled to Cuba on many occasions on behalf of the Church.
In late 1996, he spearheaded a relief operation that delivered over 150,000 pounds of food to Caritas Cuba for distribution to people left homeless by hurricane Lily. This was the first time that Cubans in Miami participated in a humanitarian relief effort directed to Cuba. In subsequent years, similar relief efforts were also directed to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the countries of Central America and Colombia.
Appointed auxiliary Bishop of Miami on June 24, 1997, he was ordained to the episcopacy on September 3, 1997 along with Bishop Gilberto Fernandez in the Miami Arena.
Besides his duties in the Archdiocese of Miami, where he served on numerous boards including Catholic Hospice, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Legal Services, and St. Thomas University, and later as Coadjutor Bishop and Ordinary of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski also served as chair of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) (1998-2001), chair of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Committee on Migration (2001-2004); and chair of the conference's Committee on International Policy (2004-2008) and currently he continues as a consultant to the Committee on Migration, and a member of the Conference's Secretariat for the Church in Latin America , the committee for International Justice and Peace, and CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.). On behalf of his work on these committees, he has traveled to the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America as well as to Israel and the West Bank (Palestinian Authority).
He also served on a number of community and civic organizations, including Miami-Dade County's Homeless Trust, the Coordinating Council of Broward and in 2001, Governor Bush appointed him to the Florida Council on Homelessness as well as the Governor's Task Force on Haiti in 2004.
He is currently the Episcopal Moderator for Catholic Health Services for the Florida Catholic Conference. Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Wenski as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Orlando on July 1, 2003.

Bishop Wenski assumed the role of the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Orlando on November 13, 2004.
In October 2007, Bishop Wenski was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation, a non-profit public charity that responds to challenges that confront specialty crop producers and their stakeholders. In March 2009, Bishop Wenski joined the Catholic Leadership Institute's national advisory board for their 'Good Leaders, Good Shepherds' program. In June 2009, Bishop Wenski was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.
On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami (which includes the seven dioceses of the State of Florida). On June 1, 2010, Bishop Thomas Wenski was installed as Archbishop of Miami in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary.
In addition to English, Archbishop Wenski speaks Haitian Creole and Spanish fluently and preaches and celebrates Mass regularly in both languages. He learned Spanish while still a seminarian and worked with various Spanish speaking groups including Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans during his seminary training and early years as a priest. He also has a limited knowledge of Polish, the language of his immigrant father and Polish American mother. His parents moved to Florida from Detroit, Michigan shortly after their wedding in 1947. They are both deceased. His sister and niece live in Lake Worth. He is the only Florida native serving as a bishop in the state.
The Archbishop's episcopal motto is "Omnia Omnibus", which means "all things to all men". The scriptural text is taken from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians, "I have become all things to all men, to save at least some." (9:22)

Imam Mohammed Zakaria Badat, M.A.

Resident Scholar, Islamic School of Miami

Imam Mohammed Zakaria Badat (born 1970 in Gujarat, India) is an Imam and peace-promoter who leads a Muslim congregation in Kendall, Florida since 2005 and who previously served as the chief Imam and Khateeb of Masjid-al-Falah in Leicester, England for 10 years. Imam lived in England for many years where he attended the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. This is where he memorized the Qur'an to become a Hafiz and qualified and graduated as a Qari after learning seven recitation traditions. He also studied Islamic theology for six years to graduate as a Muslim scholar of Islam. He then went to study  in Delhi and Taraj,India. Imam  Badat holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies and Politics from the University of Portsmouth. Molana Zakaria is fluent in Arabic, English, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu. He has traveled around the world promoting peace in many countries including Saudi Arabia, India, North America, Belarus and Russia. Imam Badat is involved with the MCCJ Multifaith council. Imam Zakaria has lectured at the University of Leicester, De Montfort University, the University of Miami and at Florida International University.

Noreen Frye

Director: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Miami

Noreen Frye is the Director for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami. Her responsibilities include developing an enticing curriculum of courses, designing educational trips, public relations and marketing, engaging volunteers, fundraising and daily operations. Noreen received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes administrative, marketing and public relations positions in the software industry and in the hospitality/tourism fields. In addition to her position at the University, she is a swimming and yoga instructor.
Rabbi Frederick L. Klein

Director, the Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Rabbi Fred Klein is Director of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and serves as Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He is a Miami native and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, where he also earned a master’s, and is now completing a doctorate in Jewish history from Columbia University. He also is working toward his board certification in clinical pastoral care, and has completed rotations at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, NY, Jackson Memorial Hospital and VITAS Hospice. Rabbi Klein has taught at and been involved with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Hebrew College of Boston, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is Vice President for the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America, on the Executive Board of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and has served as Chair of the Interfaith Clergy Dialogue of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.
Chin Chin Lee

Sr. Project Manager, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Center on Aging

Chin Chin Lee is a Sr. Project Manager at the Center on Aging Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is the also the Assistant Director of Center on Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). Ms. Lee has been coordinating and managing multi-site clinical trials involving older adults and the use of technology. Her research interests include: aging and technology, family caregiving and social support.
Daniella Levine

CEO, Catalyst Miami

Daniella Levine, attorney and social worker, is President/CEO and founder of Catalyst Miami (formerly the Human Services Coalition). Daniella founded the organization in 1995 to improve health, education and economic opportunity. Catalyst is now a leader in civic leadership and collaboration having invented and discovered innovative programs such as Public Allies, Parent Leadership Training, Imagine Miami and Nonprofit Leadership and Training Institute. Catalyst's award winning Prosperity Campaign links low-wage households with a range of benefits and services reducing poverty for tens of thousands and generating hundreds of millions of dollars for the local economy.
Stephen Sapp, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami

Stephen Sapp holds AB, MDiv, and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University. Recipient of numerous teaching awards, he is the author of many articles and three books. Past chair of the Governing Council of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging of the American Society on Aging, he received the 2002 ASA Award and has served two terms on the Board of Directors. He chaired the Miami Children's Hospital Bioethics Committee (1990-2007), the University of Miami’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board (2002-2006), and the University’s Faculty Senate (2006-2009). His research interests include ethical issues in Alzheimer's disease and the role of religion and spirituality in aging.
David B. Saltman, LCSW

Visiting Instructor, School of Social Work, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University

David Saltman is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Social Work Supervisor. He is a visiting Instructor at the School of Social Work at FIU where he has taught since 1984. He teaches specialized courses in aging, as well as crisis intervention and community practice. Saltman is Chair of the Miami-Dade Mayor’s Aging Initiative/Elder Issues Committee. He is the immediate past CEO of Jewish Community Services of South Florida, a position he held for 28 years. His clinical practice spans 41 years and he specializes in work with elders and their families, adults, adolescents and group therapy.
Rabbi Solomon S. Schiff

Director Emeritus, The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Rabbi Solomon Schiff is Director Emeritus of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program and Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, having served both organizations for more than 40 years. He also is Chair of the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and continues his long-standing commitment to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities by leading programs that seek to build understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. Rabbi Schiff was ordained by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein of the Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem Rabbinical Seminary in New York, and received a doctorate of pastoral counseling from the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. As a board-certified chaplain, he has worked with hospice at Miami Jewish Health Systems, the Dade County Homeless Trust, the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews’ Interfaith Clergy Dialogue, and the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community. In 2009, he received a Papal medallion from Pope Benedict XVI for his commitment to interfaith work.
Vickie Schulman, LCSW

Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc.

Vickie Schulman has worked with a variety of populations as a licensed clinical social worker for the last 20 years. For the past 13 years, the main concentration of Vickie’s practice has been with Holocaust survivors in the capacity as both care manager and psychotherapist. In devoting herself to older adults, Vickie has gained a significant amount of experience, understanding, and insight into the senior population. Vickie has utilized Positive Psychology and has incorporated spiritual principles in her clinical practice. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Barry University School of Social Work.
Dacia Steiner

Director, ReServe Miami

The new Director for ReServe Miami, Dacia Steiner, MPA, was most recently Program Manager at the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University. Although Dacia is no longer officially with the ABCD Institute, she remains on the faculty and is a Fellow of the ABCD Center. Dacia has worked directly with government agencies, public institutions and local nonprofits to design community-based participatory research projects, and provided training and technical assistance to them on the implementation of those efforts. Her research and writing primarily focused on themes related to youth, aging, and international development. All of Dacia’s work emphasizes strengthening neighborhoods, engaging individuals, and connecting associations and institutions and other organizations through the design and implementation of asset-based community driven strategies.
Rev. Dr. Dale A. Young

Pastoral Care Services Director, Congregational Health, Baptist Health South, Board Certified Chaplain

Since 1997, Dale Young has served as the Director of Congregational Health of Pastoral Care Services, Baptist Health South Florida. Reverend Young served six years as the Senior Chaplain at Miami Children’s Hospital. He served as a staff chaplain at Baptist Hospital of Miami before developing the Congregational Health Program. Reverend Young received his doctorate in ministry from the Florida Center for Theological Studies in May, 2009. His doctoral research focused on Baby Boomer Spirituality. He presented his doctoral research at the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, at Duke University


Originally from the New York area, Rabbi Gordon has been a strong advocate for many years of inter-denominational cooperation. His passion was recognized in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, New York, a street named ‘Brotherhood Way’ in his honor.
Rabbi Gordon is known by all at Miami Jewish Health Systems for his unflagging energy, unceasing good humor, and delightful singing. He conducts five services in the nursing home each Friday on the five floors containing patients with moderate and advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. For many of these patients, this is one of the few connections remaining to their former lives. On the Sabbath, Rabbi Gordon conducts a series of services among the residents of the Assistant Living and Independent Living facilities.
Dedicating his life to others, Rabbi Gordon brings joy and spiritual solace to those imprisoned by the ravages of aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.

To honor the death of his granddaughter, Amanda, Juan A. Manfredi and his family started Amanda’s Friends, a foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of children undergoing multiple transplant procedures. Mr. Manfredi also volunteers with the Child Life Team at Jackson Memorial Hospital providing love and support to needy children and their families. He is also the President of Emergency Medical International, Inc., parent company of EMI/ Medpro, which provides emergency trauma equipment and medical mobile facilities as well as engineering consultation and support to medical and trauma teams across the US, Central and South America.

Yvonne Parchment is very active with Baptist's congregational health, is the coordinator of the Affirmative Aging Ministry and the Founder of Pace Setters, an exercise and health educational group for seniors.
Achievement at Every Age
Age 65

  • U.S. Secretary of State William Seward buys Alaska from Russia . . . for less than 2 cents an acre

  • U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Coop issues a report branding cigarettes as the country’s no. 1 cause of preventable death

  • Colonel Harlan Sanders launches Kentucky Fried Chicken

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder publishes ‘Little House in the Big Woods’, the first volume in her eight part series called ‘Little House on the Prairie’.

  • Winston Churchill takes office as Prime Minister of Great Britain

  • Anthropologist-archaeologist Mary Leakey discovers fossilized footprints dating back 3.5 million years in Tanzania

Age 66

  • Michelangelo completes his Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel

  • Maggie Kuhn founds the Grey Panthers

  • Adriana Iliescu of Romania gives birth to a daughter, Eliza Maria

Age 67

  • Japanese equestrian Hirochi Hoketsu, a dressage rider, competes at the 2008 Olympics, 44 years after his first Olympic competition.

  • Engineer Joseph Baermann Strauss celebrates as his masterwork, The Golden Gate Bridge,  as it opens to traffic.

  • George Bernard Shaw completes his play, Saint Joan.

Age 68

  • Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter, joins the Peace Corps and works for two years as a nurse in India.

  • Henry Miller publishes Tropic of Cancer

Age 69

  • Noah Webster publishes the landmark, An American Dictionary of the English Language

  • Composer Richard Wagner completes his opera Parsifal

  • Ronald Reagan is elected president

  • Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize

  • Mary Kaplan realizes her goal of running a marathon in every U.S. State and finishing first in her age group in every race.

Age 70

  • Somerset Maugham completes The Razor’s Edge

  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn becomes the first female head of the U.S. Communist Party

  • Author E.B. White completes the children’s classic The Trumpet of the Swan

  • Dr. William Mayo founds the Mayo Clinic

  • Yuichiro Miura becomes the oldest person to scale Mt. Everest

  • Philosopher Socrates is condemned to death (for poisoning the minds of Athenian youth).

Age 71

  • Fashion icon Coco Chanel debuts the Chanel Suit.

  • Philosopher Augustine of Hippo completes his epic The City of God.

Age 72

  • At the 1920 Olympics, Swedish marksman, Oscar Swahn, captures the silver medal in the running deer double-shot team event, making him the oldest person to win a medal in modern Olympic history

  • Suzan Toft aces the 116-year par 3 at England’s Trentham golf course. A TV crew hears the news and asks her to repeat the feat. She grabs a 5-wood and sinks her tee shot again.

  • Michelangelo designs the dome for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

  • Sophocles completes the renowned Oedipus Rex.

  • Sculptor Daniel Chester French finishes the marble figure of Abraham Lincoln which adorns the Lincoln Memorial.

  • German novelist Thomas Mann completes his epic novel Doktor Faustus.

  • Peter Mark Roget finishes compilation of the famed Thesaursus which bears his name

Age 73

  • Walt Stack completes the grueling Ironman Triathlon in 26 hours and 20 minutes.

  • Ronald Reagan is re-elected President of the United States

  • Lee Strasberg, better known as an acting teacher, plays a major role in the Academy Award-winning The Godfather, Part 2.

Age 74

  • Artist Claude Monet begins painting his panels of water lilies.

  • Ethel Andrus founds the American Association of Retired Persons

Age 75

  • Director Akira Kurosawa finishes his epic motion picture, Ran, his interpretation of King Lear.

  • Piano virtuoso Claudio Arrau stays busy performing 110 concerts in his 75th year

Age 76

  • Clara Barton works as a battlefield nurse during the Spanish-American War. She also worked as a nurse during the American Civil War.

  • Writer Marguerite Yourcenar becomes the first woman elected to the prestigious l’Academie Francaise in its 345-year history.

  • Thomas Jefferson begins designing buildings and developing curricula for the University of Virginia.

Age 77

  • Mahatma Gandhi goes on a fast in an attempt to quell religion-sparked violence in India. He is successful.

  • Astronaut (and Senator) John Glenn returns to space on the Space Shuttle Discovery mission.

Age 78

  • Eleanor of Aquitane leads an army to thwart a rebellion by her grandson, Arthur, against her son, John, the King of England. She is successful. Her son John never thanks her.

  • Georgia O’Keefe paints Sky Above Clouds IV

  • H.G.Wells, earns his doctorate degree from London University

  • Euripedes finishes his masterwork, Bacchae

  • Grandma Moses begins her career as a painter

Age 79

  • Ben Franklin invents bifocal eyeglasses

  • After 35 years of work, architect Christopher Wren completes St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

  • Marc Chagall unveils his murals at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City

  • Giuseppi Verdi composes the opera Falstaff

Age 80

  • Jessica Tandy wins her first Oscar, earning the Best Actress for her role in Driving Miss Daisy

  • George Burn’s work in The Sunshine Boys earns him his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

  • Pope Gregory XIII develops the Gregorian calendar

  • Robert Penn Warren is named America’s first poet laureate

Age 81

  • Barbara McClintock’s groundbreaking work in genetics earns her the Nobel Prize for Physiology

  • Florida Bowler Jerry Wehman rolls a perfect 300 game

  • The legendary John Huston directs the film, The Dead, his fortieth film.

Age 82

  • Ted Corbitt, known as the Father of American Distance Running, covers 303 miles in a six day race

  • Thelma Pitt-Turner completes the Hastings Marathon, covering the 26.2 mile course in 7 hours and 58 minutes

  • Henri Matisse crafts The Swimming Pool, using his famed ‘cutout’ method

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe completes Faust

  • Writer George Bernard Shaw wins the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Pygmalion, making him the only person to win a Nobel Prize and an Oscar

Age 83

  • Winston Churchill publishes the last installment of his four volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

  • Igor Stravinsky composes the Requiem Canticles

  • Sigmund Freud pens Moses and Monotheism

  • Samuel Smith, a veteran of the War of 1812, leads the Maryland state militia to quell riots in Baltimore. He is successful and is later elected mayor.

Age 84

  • Naval commander Andrea Doria sails to battle against the Turks and wins the Battle of Lepanto.

  • Pablo Casals earns rave reviews for his cello recital at the White House.

  • Actress Lydia Yeamans Titus makes her screen debut in the Rudolph Valentino film All Night

Age 85

  • Bertrand Russell invents the international peace symbol.

  • Marvel Comics superhero creator Stan Lee creates a new line of comics for Richard Branson. Lee also appears in the movie ‘Iron Man’.

  • Linus Pauling publishes his book How to Live Longer and Feel Better. Pauling lives to be 93.

Age 86

  • Thomas Hobbes completes his translation of the Homer’s Odyssey

Age 87

  • Jeanette Rankin, Congress’ first female member, and the only congressperson to vote against declaring war on Japan, leads an anti-Vietnam War protest on Capital Hill.

  • Mary Baker Eddy launches The Christian Science Monitor

  • Pathologist Francis Payton Rous wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in discovering viruses that cause cancer.

Age 88

  • Michelangelo completes his sculpture Rodandini Pieta, depicting an aged man holding Christ.

  • Helen Hooven Santmyer sees her novel . . . And Ladies of the Club hit the best seller list.

  • Austrian physicist Lise Meitner wins the Enrico Fermi Prize for her work in the field of nuclear fission.

Age 89

  • Architect Frank Lloyd Wright completes the Guggenheim Museum

  • Jazz pianist Eubie Blake launches a publishing/recording company

  • Classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein performs his famous concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

  • Edmond Hoyle (of According to Hoyle fame), having already established himself as the foremost authority on card games, writes an authoritative book on chess.

  • Author James Michener continues his prolific career with the publication of This Noble Land.

Age 90

  • Sophocles writes the epic drama Oedipus at Colonus

  • Nelson Mandela is featured on the cover of Time magazine in an issue that highlights his ‘eight secrets of leadership.’

  • Swimmer Walt Pfeiffer sets six World Masters records at a meet in Long Beach. In the process, he becomes the first nonagenarian to complete the 400-meter individual medley.

  • Arthur C. Clarke completes his final novel, The Last Theorem.

Age 91

  • Hulda Crooks summits Mount Whitney, the continental United States’ highest peak.

  • Actor/philanthropist Kirk Douglas dedicates his 401st Los Angeles-area playground. Douglas and his wife, Anne, began rebuilding playgrounds when he was 80, and he punctuates each playground completion by zipping down the slide.

Age 92

  • P.G. Wodehouse publishes another book in the Jeves series, Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen.

  • George Bernard Shaw writes the play, Shakes Versus Shav.

Age 93

  • Artist Marc Chagall completes two paintings, Scene de Cirque and The Great Parade.

  • Seventy-two years after starring in the groundbreaking film, The Birth of a Nation, Lillian Gish, stars in The Whales of August.

Age 94

  • Conductor Leopold Stokowski signs a six year recording contract.

Age 95

  • Alistair Cooke delivers his final broadcast of the BBC radio series ‘Letter from America’. Cooke hosted the show for 58 years, making it the longest running series in history.

  • Union organizer Mother Jones writes her autobiography.

Age 96

  • Pablo Casals conducts the Israel Festival Youth Orchestra as it performs a Mozart symphony.

Age 98

  • In Athens, Greece, Dimitrion Yordanis runs a marathon in 7 hours and 33 minutes

Age 99

  • Golfer Otto Bucher cards a hole in one on the 130 yard twelfth hole at Spain’s La Manga golf course

Age 100 and beyond

  • British stage actress, Gwen FFrangcon-Davies, age 100, appears in the Sherlock Holmes movie, ‘The Master Blackmailer.’

  • Ichijirou Araya, age 100, climbs Mount Fuji.

  • Editor/research scientist Ray Crist, age 104, finally retires after an 80 year career teaching at Columbia University

  • Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment celebrates her 122nd birthday. She attributes her longevity, in part, to her faithful bike riding habit, a practice she followed until age 100.

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